Breast cancer is the 3rd most common cause of cancer death in the UK (2012), accounting for 7% of all deaths from cancer, despite the fact that it is rare in men.[1-3] It is the 2nd most common cause of cancer death among women in the UK (2012), accounting for 15% of female deaths from cancer. Breast cancer was the most common cause of death from cancer in women until 1998; since then there have been more deaths from lung cancer in women.
In 2012, there were 11,716 deaths from breast cancer in the UK: 11,643 (99%) in women and 73 (less than 1%) in men, giving a female:male ratio of around 160:1.[1-3] The crude mortality rate shows that there are around 36 breast cancer deaths for every 100,000 females in the UK and less than 1 for every 100,000 males.
Breast Cancer (C50), Number of Deaths, Crude and European Age-Standardised (AS) Mortality Rates per 100,000 Population, UK, 2012
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||0.1||0.1||-0.0||0.0||0.1|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||0.2||0.4||0.2||0.7||0.2|
|AS Rate - 95% LCL||23.4||24.2||22.0||20.5||23.6|
|AS Rate - 95% UCL||24.3||27.3||25.8||25.8||24.4|
95% LCL and 95% UCL are the 95% lower and upper
Analysis of female breast cancer mortality rates throughout the UK shows very little variation between health boundaries.[4,5]
- Data were provided by the Office for National Statistics on request, January 2014. Similar data can be found here: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/all-releases.html?definition=tcm%3A77-27475.
- Data were provided by ISD Scotland on request, March 2014. Similar data can be found here: http://gro-scotland.gov.uk/statistics/theme/vital-events/general/ref-tables/index.html.
- Data were provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry on request, December 2013. Similar data can be found here: http://www.nisra.gov.uk/demography/default.asp22.htm.
- NCIN. Cancer Incidence and Mortality by Cancer Network, UK, 2005. London: NCIN; 2008.
- NCIN. Cancer e-Atlas. European Age-Standardised Mortality Rates, UK (England: former Primary Care Trusts; Wales; Scotland: NHS Health Boards; Northern Ireland: Health and Social Care Trusts), 2009-2011.